Racial distancing and sensitivity to stigmatization among future black professionals

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dc.contributor Erevelles, Nirmala
dc.contributor Sheffield, Adriane Nicole
dc.contributor Thoma, Stephen
dc.contributor Tomek, Sara
dc.contributor.advisor McKnight, Utz Lars
dc.contributor.author Carter, Coddy
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-14T18:11:34Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-14T18:11:34Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003029
dc.identifier.other Carter_alatus_0004D_13521
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5161
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Professional occupations requiring higher education have long been paths to upward mobility for Black people in the United States. This mobility has historically been tied to both social and economic advancement. Whether advancement was subjective or objective, there was some form of distancing from the broader Black community. The three studies of the present dissertation used national and regional samples to test the problem of whether future Black professionals endorsed racial distancing behaviors. Results showed that racial distancing was composed of economic and social components. Moreover, high levels of Black social interactions and high ratings of emotional bonds to the Black community were negative determinants of the social distance defined as group distancing. High levels of emotional bonds alone were negative determinants of economic distancing. Characteristics of high racial distancing included discomfort in Black social spaces and a desire to turn one’s back on the Black community for advancement. Though racial distancing was present, approximately 73 percent of the national sample was low in economic and group distancing. In examining reasons for racial distancing, the regional sample results showed that a majority of respondents were highly sensitive to racial stigmatization whether or not they were from racially diverse communities or predominantly Black spaces. Racial distancing was observed in a small minority of the regional sample, indicated by a low desire to be identified by race in college and job applications.
dc.format.extent 113 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Educational psychology
dc.subject.other African American studies
dc.subject.other Black studies
dc.title Racial distancing and sensitivity to stigmatization among future black professionals
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling
etdms.degree.discipline Educational Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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